I'm just going to do a mini-skirt review - and by mini I mean brief - the Nike Adventure skirt isn't that short ;)
Well I picked up Kristen and her sister around 8AM and they live really close to the race. I figured we had plenty of time but always get a little worried about running late. We got to the race and parked easy, then made our way over to registration. They assigned no bib numbers this year, just put a check mark next to my name. There was also no race clock so to keep time it was up to me. We ended up with a lot of extra time and at 8:15 or so hit the restrooms (no line), then ran a couple loops in the big parking lot to get warmed up since it was a bit chilling this morning.
I was excited to give my Adventure skirt the go-around and in the 5 minute warm-up it felt great! More on that later.
We made our way over to the starting line at 8:45 for the "warmup" which we didn't really see anyway since we weren't close to the stage. We got as close to the start as we could since there were A LOT of walkers in this race. In fact I was starting to wonder if many people were going to run it at all!
We got off late (around 9:10) and after dodging some heart walkers were off - and I guess there were about 100 runners. 1 minute in my shoe came untied. Great - was that a sign of things to come? After getting that fixed I caught back up to Kristen and her sister and passed them on the downhill. They were planning on running a more "relaxed" race and sticking together. Me - I had a goal of sub 28:00 which I haven't broke in a year. My best 5K time in the past year was I think around 28:10. My other goal was to feel good and stay consistent - not bombing the last mile like I have in my past couple races.
I was also feeling a little inspired from the Cross County Meet Kayla and I went to Saturday morning. Our coworker and superstar - Laura Olvera kicked some ass and took names. She had full control and lead from start to finish ending in an amazing 17:07. Back to my race:
The first mile marker came up and my watch read 8:00 so I slowed a bit as I came up to it clicking my first mile off in 8:30. Good I thought - just need to keep it up! Right after that I finished getting up a hill and opened up a bit as we had some slight downhill running. I didn't really look back to see where Kristen and her sister were but I had this feeling they were close - and Kristen tries to tell me she is slow! I was telling her she would break 30 minutes for her first 5K. Around 1.5 miles I rounded a corner and went under the bridge I had just cross over. At this point I saw Kristen and her sister and knew they were only bout 30-60 seconds behind me. Kristen later told me her one goal was to keep running fast enough so I wasn't out of her sight the whole race which I guess worked out for her!
My second mile was 8:31 and I was still feeling okay - but not great. A hill came around this time and I was tempted to walk it. While I was contemplating that, this voice in my head said "keep going" over and over. Actually it was the song on my ipod that was a remix and had "Keep going, keep going, keep going" so I did and pushed up the hill. After running back down for a few hundred meters there was a slow gradual incline for the last mile. Very slight, but noticeable. I ran past and skipped the second water station as I did the first and just kept pushing.
The 3 mile mark came up and I check my watch - 7:40 mile? Can't be right. My total time was around 24:45 which meant if I pushed that last 160 meters I'd set a PR - maybe it was the skirt? Something about me knew that was off and I soon knew that was true. I think the 3 mile mark was around 2.8 or 2.9 instead. Regardless, I kept pushing - 28 minutes was fast approaching.
My final time was.... 27:51! That is my fastest 5K since 9/6/05 (this race last year) when I set my PR of 26:20. I'm gotten slower since then for a few reasons, but I'm okay with that and glad I broke the 9 minute mile barrier (8:58 pace). Kristen and her sister came in about 1 minute behind me which was a great first-time finish!
The Nike Adventure Skirt was amazing. I haven't tried any of the other running skirts, but WOW! I will for sure race in this and run in it as much as possible. It was so light, super comfortable - barely knew it was there! The shorts underneath are super light and breathable. There was no bunching or riding up anywhere. There is also a nice little pocket in the back for a key or maybe even a GU. I am damn impressed with it and will probably buy a second one when we get them back in our store. They sure come highly recommended from me - a girl who thought she'd never run in a skirt!
So there we have it. And last night Kayla and I saw the new move "Crank". If you want a fast-paced adrenaline rush I recommend it. It is bloody at points and I had to look away a few times but it is original, good acting, and highly entertaining!
Happy Sunday Everyone - can't wait to read all the weekend race reports! Jessica